I doesn't make sense to me that they need the bike. I have a 2007 GS that I needed a spare key for. The dealer (who didn't sell me the bike) needed my title and DL to order the correct key from BMWNA. He faxed the info and took my $ and they sent me the correctly coded key. Other than the mailing delay, it was pretty slick.
Seems easier than programming the bike to accept new keys. Does anyone know why BMW changed?